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SBD/February 13, 2014/Facilities
Cubs Park Unveiled, Lauded As Setting New Precedent For Spring Training Facilities
Published February 13, 2014
|Cubs Park puts some elements of Wrigley Field into a modern spring training facility
ARIZONA OASIS: Mesa city officials provided $99M in public money for Cubs Park, and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein at yesterday's ceremony said, "You've given us the best single-team spring-training facility." He added of the new facility, "One (thing said) is, no more excuses. This place is as good as it gets. And the second is related to that: If we can’t get better here, we can’t get better anywhere." In Chicago, Gordon Wittenmyer writes there is "no mistaking the massive upgrades for the Cubs’ spring and year-round rehab/training facilities in Arizona on a 146-acre site that also includes a pond and planned commercial development." The "most immediate advantage over the Cubs’ previous spring facilities farther east in Mesa is that camp will no longer be split between Fitch Park and HoHoKam Stadium, about a mile apart." The ballpark has the "largest seating capacity in the Cactus League (15,000) and includes some Wrigley Field-like character" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/13). Also in Chicago, Mark Gonzales writes a "case can be made that the Cubs' best offseason addition" is the new Spring Training facility (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/13).